Let’s face it, we are all on overload in dealing with the stressors associated with the pandemic.

Whether it is economic worries, fear of getting the virus or the the frustration of shelter-in-place, most of us are not at our best right now.

I know I’m not.  My sleep has been disrupted.  Eating and exercise routines have gone by the wayside.  I’m more irritable.

All of the stress and irritability we are feeling can ooze out in negative ways in our relationships.  We can snap at our loved ones when we really need a break.  Judgement and  disgust might be felt when we don’t see eye to eye on wearing a mask or social distancing.

If you find that communication is starting to suffer, a refresher of the antidotes to The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse . . . those toxic communication patterns that Gottman found in his research lead to relationship demise . . . is sorely needed.

In a series of four vlogs, I will review each of the Four Horsemen and their antidotes.

Let’s start with criticism.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mary Beth George
Mary Beth George is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Gottman Therapist, Master Trainer for the Gottman Institute and co-owner of Couples Counseling & Psychotherapy Associates. She is an empty nester with a passion for rescue dogs, traveling and spending time with people that make her laugh.